Beginning salary commensurate with experience. Full-time (30-40/hrs week).
Open until Filled.
The Los Altos History Museum, located south of San Francisco on the Peninsula, operates a museum complex including two main buildings, one a historic 1905 house, the other a modern 3-story museum. We feature three-to-four changing history exhibits a year in each building, and have several permanent history exhibits on display. The museum is blessed with a strong and active volunteer network, and programs many lectures, events and special events throughout the year. The annual operating budget of over $400,000 is funded by individual donations, special events, grants, bequests, membership, an active rental events program and gift store. See our web page, www.LosAltosHistory.org for more information.
The Exhibition Curator, one of a small professional staff, reports to the Executive Director and also works closely with dedicated volunteers. As the staff person responsible for the Museum’s Exhibition Program, this position is critical to the successful public interface of the Museum. This is a full-time, permanent position for someone experienced in museums and/or mounting exhibits.
- Exhibit Development – Works with the Executive Director, Deputy Director, a volunteer exhibition team, outside contractors, and other vendors to develop exhibition concepts, components, and displays for both Changing Temporary Exhibits and planned upgrades to Permanent Exhibition.
- Writing – Drafts and edits copy for Exhibition panels. Creates documents describing exhibits for docents, staff, and the public.
- Project Management – Schedules meetings, creates agendas, and keeps clearly organized notes and action items for team meetings. Tracks assets and creates schedules of deliverables. Monitors expenses. Ensures timely installation of all necessary components.
- Graphic Design – Facilitates the various stages of graphic design development and the printing and mounting of signage.
- Research – Conducts in-depth research into exhibition topics. Assists with research requests from the public or other inquiries as assigned.
- Object Loans – Works with collection records to catalogue and register artifacts and other material borrowed for temporary and/or semi-permanent display. Ensures proper treatment during display by monitoring temperature and humidity. Facilitates safe return to point of origin.
- Grant Writing – Actively seeks grants to support the development of exhibition topics. Researches appropriate granting agency depending on exhibition topics. Coordinates with ED on possible sponsorship opportunities for exhibitions.
- Programs – Organizes lectures, tours, and other education programs for members, docents, and the public. Determines schedules, updates master calendar, coordinates set-up.
- Promotion and Marketing. Assists the Outreach Coordinator with promotion and marketing of exhibitions and related programs.
- Volunteer Coordination. Manages and trains the exhibition docent corps with the assistance of the volunteer Docent Steering Committee.
- Excellent communication, research, organizational skills, and attention to detail required.
- Ability to work with a wide diversity of people, build consensus, and provide leadership.
- Demonstrated ability for decisiveness and initiative in solving problems.
- Fluency with a range of computer software, including: MS Office (Word, Excel, PowerPoint); Google Apps; other online, cloud-based project management and collaboration tools; collection databases such as Past Perfect.
- Strong aesthetic sensibility required. Familiarity with Adobe Creative Suites desired.
- English fluency in both spoken and written form.
Education and/or Experience:
- One to two years of progressively responsible experience in a project coordination role. Experience in a lead capacity desired.
- Previous experience developing exhibitions or similar complex, collaborative projects and familiarity with the responsibilities of curators, content developers, designers, preparators, registrars, fabricators, and other exhibit-driven positions is highly desired.
- Proven experience working with skilled volunteers
- Bachelor’s degree from an accredited college or university in museum studies, history, anthropology, business administration, art history, design, or related field.
Ability to read and interpret documents such as safety rules, operating and maintenance instructions, and procedure manuals. Ability to write routine reports and correspondence. Ability to speak effectively before groups or individuals. Bilingual (spoken and/or written) in Spanish, Cantonese, Mandarin, or other non-English language preferred but not necessary.
Physical Demands & Work Environment:
While performing the duties of this job, the employee is frequently required to stand, sit, walk, reach with hands and arms, and talk or hear. Must be able to lift 30 lbs. Must be able to perform repetitive motions 75% of the time. May require climbing a ladder and driving personal vehicle. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable persons with disabilities to perform the essential functions.
Download job description here